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Old 09-04-2005, 07:28 PM   #1
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How do you get to the back plugs and wires to change them??????

I cant even see them let alone get my big arms back there......
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how flexiable are you?


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how flexiable are you?


you must be jokeing, I am 5'8" and 320lb'*, how flexiable do you think I am?
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is there anyway else getting to them other than being a Contortionist?????????
Can the brace be removed, the one that connects the shock tower to the oposite shock tower?
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is there anyway else getting to them other than being a Contortionist?????????
Can the brace be removed, the one that connects the shock tower to the oposite shock tower?
Yes you can remove the brace to change the plugs. If you have factory wires they will be stuck to the plugs pretty good, you have to grab the end of the boot and twist to get it loose, you may have to work at it to get them off.

I usually get cylinders 6 and 4 while standing against the driver'* side fender and cylinder 2 from the passenger side. If you can't quite reach get a milk crate to stand on. Wear a long sleave shirt to reduce any scrapes.

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is there anyway else getting to them other than being a Contortionist?????????
Can the brace be removed, the one that connects the shock tower to the oposite shock tower?
Yes you can remove the brace to change the plugs. If you have factory wires they will be stuck to the plugs pretty good, you have to grab the end of the boot and twist to get it loose, you may have to work at it to get them off.

I usually get cylinders 6 and 4 while standing against the driver'* side fender and cylinder 2 from the passenger side. If you can't quite reach get a milk crate to stand on. Wear a long sleave shirt to reduce any scrapes.

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I have already done the front 3 and I can tell you that 1 of the wires was a big pain to twist, took a long time but it finally came off...
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Reach in from the side. Other than that, patience.

The wires come off easier if you twist them.
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I took the strut tower bar off. Makes a WORLD of difference.

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you must be jokeing, I am 5'8" and 320lb'*, how flexiable do you think I am? Shocked
Sorry, I didn't know that. BUt on a side note the kid down the hall is that big and he can get his nose to touch his toes.
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Anybody please correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought I recalled reading in the Chilton manual that to access the back plugs you can undo the two "dogbone" engine supports in front and rotate the engine to get at them easily. I haven't gone back to check this, so if I'm wrong, please chime in.
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Anybody please correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought I recalled reading in the Chilton manual that to access the back plugs you can undo the two "dogbone" engine supports in front and rotate the engine to get at them easily. I haven't gone back to check this, so if I'm wrong, please chime in.
Sorry, you're thinking of a GTP. The SSEi has a completely different engine mount arrangement.

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